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Dumping Common Myths About Recycling

If you’re a business owner that’s interested in starting a waste management program using recycling serving Chicago, you may be wondering what is and isn’t true about recycling. Here, we’ve addressed a few of the common myths:

Recycling is Necessary Because Landfills Are Full

After a barge carrying thousands of pounds of garbage had been forced to travel up and down the East Coast searching for a place to dump the trash in the 1980s, people began to fervently advocate the need for recycling. People saw the barge incident as a signal of overfull landfills, but there is still plenty of space where garbage could be dumped if people were willing to let that happen. A significant amount of disposal capacity remains in existing landfills, but some states are running low on space and have landfills that are estimated to reach capacity in under five years.

Recycling Collection Hurts More Than It Helps

When talk turns to the benefits of recycling, people sometimes argue that the energy consumed by recycling collection trucks and the pollution that they cause outweighs the good of recycling. It’s true that recycling collection is an expensive process, but this fact is irrelevant if you are wondering if recycling makes sense environmentally. Researchers have determined that much more energy is required to process raw materials into the metals and plastics that we use for manufacturing than to reprocess recyclable products.

Cities Gain Serious Profits by Selling Recyclables

When the prices of raw materials rise, people who are in the recycling industry get a lot of business and see increased profits. However, due to long-term contracts that many cities have with recycling companies, many towns do not benefit from the rising costs of raw materials. These agreements prevent cities from suffering in times of less demand when the materials market fluctuates.

If you’re interested in waste management and recycling for your establishment, contact Jim Bracken, owner of Brackenbox Roll Off Service Inc., at 708-339-4100.

Cardboard at a landfill